Baseball Hall of Fame Oscar Charleston will be remembered with a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame this Friday | STL sports page
By Sally Tippett Rains
Negro Leagues player Oscar Charleston, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, will earn a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame this week at the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri this Friday. Each year, the festival honors six famous Missourians or prominent figures who have had connections to Missouri with a sidewalk star. The ceremony will take place on Friday April 23 at 1 p.m. The Walk of Fame is located at the intersection of Clay and Jackson in Marshfield, MO.
Charleston played for the St. Louis Giants, who later became the independent team of the St. Louis Stars, and then the National Negro League (NNL).
Lynne Jackson of St. Louis, pictured at left at a recent award-winning DAR event – recently found out that she is a descendant of Oscar Charleston.
“He’s my big, big uncle on my mom’s side,” Jackson said. “After his playing days he was a scout for the Rickey branch, at the same time he was looking to make it into the big leagues so maybe he had something to do with signing Jackie Robinson.
In the 1940s, Charleston spotted Rickey, when he had scouts making recommendations on which players to consider for the purpose of making it into the big leagues. Rickey’s most memorable act with the Dodgers involved signing Jackie Robinson in 1945, breaking baseball’s color barrier,
After spotting, Charleston entered management and led the Indianapolis Clowns to a league championship in 1954.
Buck O’Neil once said of Charleston: “Charlie was a great left-handed hitter who could also carize, steal a hundred goals a year and cover central court and anyone before him or since… he was like Ty Cobb. , Babe Ruth and Tris Speaker met.
According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, “His best season was probably 1925 when he hit .451 for the Harrisburg Giants to go with 20 homers and 35 RBIs. He won batting titles in the Eastern Colored League in 1924 and 1925. ”
Other famous Missourians receiving the Star Honor this year are: Brett Williams (Chiefs), Todd Oliver (Ventriloquist), Aunt Norma Champion (Television Personality), Norma Jean (Entertainer) and Roy Rogers Jr. (Entertainer). Photo, left, shows former Missourian Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island’s Mary Ann) showing CBS Sunday Morning’s Mo Rocca, her star and the others.
If Lynne Jackson’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s because she’s the founder of Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and helped bring attention to Dred and Harriet Scott, who were his great-great-grandparents on his father’s side. She led the funding for the statue which now sits outside the Old St. Louis Courthouse – famous as the location where the “Dred Scott Decision” was rendered. Now she is raise funds to create a memorialt his grave.
To learn more about Jackson and the foundation CLICK HERE.
Be the descendant of a famous person like Dred Scott is unique, but finding out recently that she had another famous relative – Oscar Charleston of the Negro Leagues – is one of a kind. On Saturday, she received the prestigious National DAR History Award.
She will appear at the Cherry Blossom Festival in both abilities. On Friday, she accepts the star on behalf of Charleston and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, she reprizes her lead role as Dred Scott’s full-back, great-granddaughter as she plays the piano in a concert attended by Missouri’s first lady Teresa. Parson, called, “First Ladies Piano Concert.” At the concert, 10 pianists and an organist will simultaneously play patriotic and gospel music.
The concert is a free Missouri Bicentennial event at Marshfield United Methodist Church, and will feature other former First Ladies in attendance.
To learn more about the Cherry Blossom Festival where Charleston will be remembered, CLICK HERE.
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